In the past few months, changes have been made to the Law in relation to de facto relationships. The Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and other Measures ) Act 2008 applies to domestic partners separated after 1 March 2009. Domestic partners or couples, being de facto couples and same sex couples, separated after 1 March 2009, now have the right to have their property and maintenance issues dealt with by the Family Court under the Family Law Act, after break down of their relationships. They can also obtain orders in relation to Superannuation and spousal maintenance. For more information please contact our Family Law Department.